Shea Taylor wins historic MMA fight
Shea Taylor decided to train to fight again after his left leg was amputated below the knee following a motorcycle accident in 2009. Now in 2011 Shea got his chance and met an undefeated Josh Cook at Wild Bill’s Fight Night 40 in Duluth, Ga. This amateur MMA meeting would last no more than 6 minutes but could further the ability of other amputees to fight in a sanctioned format forever.
As I sit ringside waiting for the fighters to be introduced, I am asked to scoot over to make room for a technician/engineer that uses a wireless laptop rig to monitor the vacuum pump holding Shea’s prosthetic to the rest of his natural leg. The house is packed and Josh, then Shea are introduced. Shea nods to his corner of trainers as well as to the pair of gentlemen on hand to keep tabs on his leg. The fight unfolds as follows:
Josh closes to clinch and maybe take it to the ground. Shea locks a guillotine but is slammed on his side and it’s a grappling match now. Josh is on top in half gard an tries to isolate an arm but switches quickly to a kneebar on his prosthetic leg! The fight is reset to standing after the leg is reaffixed. Shea closes with strikes and Josh drops for a takedown. Shea locks on a guillotine and Josh is forced to tap.
Josh graciously accepts the defeat and holds Shea’s hand up in victory. Here in Duluth we saw a milestone for amputee athletes and I am proud to have been a part of it.